Jimmie D. Benson, age 83, of Mabel, Minn., passed away Sunday, October 1, 2017, at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home surrounded by family.
Jimmie was born August 22, 1934, in Cedar Township, Adams County, N. Dak., to Orlando and Tena (Dahle) Benson. He attended country schools in the Mabel area, and was a member of the Scheie Lutheran Church. In his earlier years he worked for the Mabel Creamery, and Erie Mining Company in northern Minnesota. He spent the majority of his life farming in the Mabel area, which he loved, and later working for Fred Carlson Company. In his retirement he enjoyed going to auctions, buying and selling farm equipment. He loved spending time with family and friends, especially his Sweetheart Dorothy Opsahl, who also took such good care of him these past few years. Jimmie was known for his warm smile, sweet personality and sense of humor. He always had a wave for everyone he met.
Jimmie is survived by three daughters: Rosilee Brock of Lake Charles, La., Rossy (Chris) Tranaas of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Lisa (Mike) Johnson of Canton, Minn.; a son, Rick Benson of Mabel; daughter-in-law Sandy Benson of Mabel; 13 grandchildren: Cherri Seeley, Bernie Baker, Cylee Brock, Dylan, Tate, and Olivia Tranaas; Caleb, Carly, and Connor Benson; and Parker, Dakota, Hunter, and Gavin Johnson; six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, two sisters, Lois (Dale) Honsey of Lanesboro, Minn., and Mary (Curt) Bakke of Mabel; and one brother, Larry Benson of Mabel.
He was preceded in death by his son, Randy Benson; his parents, four brothers: Arnold, Robert, Laverne, and Donald; one sister Lorraine (Jarvis) Peterson; and son-in-law Bruce Brock.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Scheie Lutheran Church in rural Mabel, with the Rev. Mary Waudby officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5–7 p.m. Wednesday, October 4 at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel and one hour prior to services at the Church.